_. . . l
As ia Khamtl.
As in Bengali.
1 As in English.
CO or C®
As in Bengali.
A§ in Ehamti
i As w. English,
As regards the Vowels, the rowel o> 0 (No. 1) is considered by Native Tai scholars
to be a consonant, as in Siamese and Shan, It Is used, as in Ahom, merely as a fulcrum
for carrying other vowels when initial. The vowel inherent in every consonant, to
which no other vowel is supplied, is usually a, not a> aa in Ahom. Hence, as £0
is considered a consonant, it is inherent in it too, so that, just as J3 stands for initial
», so £O stands for initial a.
It will he observed that the vowel *8 (No. 3) has no less than four different pro-
nunciations. The pronunciation is indicated in each case by the transliteration.
Similarly £% is pronounced in three different ways, and the sound in any particular
case is shown by the transcription, So also for the other vowels.
Letters Nos. 9, 10, and 14 end in S . This 8 is only used when the vowel is final.
K is dropped when medial.
In the above table, the vowels are all given in their initial forms, «.<?., attached to £O.
They can similarly be attached to any other consonant, The following are examples :—
*&, d3 M, 8 p, O) yw» 05 $k&, Q$ me, eo"[ jpo, <jS ngd, c^o *Ad, c§£ than,
§ jfc^, £ wail, *£8 cted, eg U> ogr M*
Every OOESOnant has the letter a inherent in it. When it is desired to pronounce
consonant (standing- alone) without the inherent vowel, as» for instance, at the end of